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English adjective: humble

1. humble low or inferior in station or quality

SamplesA humble cottage.
A lowly parish priest.
A modest man of the people.
Small beginnings.

Synonymslow, lowly, modest, small



2. humble marked by meekness or modesty; not arrogant or prideful

SamplesA humble apology.
Essentially humble...and self-effacing, he achieved the highest formal honors and distinctions.

Similarbroken, crushed, humbled, humiliated, low, meek, mild, modest

See alsomodest

Attributehumbleness, humility


3. humble used of unskilled work (especially domestic work)

Synonymslowly, menial



4. humble of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense)

SamplesBaseborn wretches with dirty faces.
Of humble (or lowly) birth.

Synonymsbase, baseborn, lowly



English verb: humble

1. humble (emotion) cause to be unpretentious

SamplesThis experience will humble him.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

Narrower (hyponym)efface

2. humble (emotion) cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of

SamplesHe humiliated his colleague by criticising him in front of the boss.

ExamplesSam cannot humble Sue

Synonymsabase, chagrin, humiliate, mortify

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)bruise, hurt, injure, offend, spite, wound

Narrower (hyponym)crush, degrade, demean, demolish, disgrace, put down, smash, take down

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